Snorkeling Around Saba

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The absence of beaches on Saba may lead potential tourists to believe that snorkeling is not so easily done from the island, but that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Indeed, thanks to the government's heavy hand in protecting local marine life and the diversity of underwater characters, Saba is a great destination for snorkelers.  There are even several entry points from the shore for those who don't want to sign up for a guided snorkeling tour which will take guests by boat out to waters a little too far from shore to swim to.

Most agree that the best snorkeling sites of Cove Bay, Fort Bay, and Wells Bay where calm waters and soft corals make for compelling underwater adventures.  If you're an advanced snorkeler, make sure to check out Torrents Point which is home to the Edward S. Arnold snorkeling trail.  Throughout the trail, 11 markers bring light to notable sites between five and 30 feet of water. 

If you want to take your snorkeling experience even further, you can sign up with one of the three dive centers on the island for a snorkeling tour. They'll usually take you about 10 minutes way from the coast by boat to a coral reef system, where a whole new underwater world will greet you.   Tent Reef is a favorite site among these tours.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to experience what's down below you might want to visit Gore Cut Bay. This site goes up to 40 feet deep, and snorkelers will encounter, among many other marine creatures, angel fish and hawksbill turtles swimming about the lettuce coral. This snorkeling site is located in the eastern part of Saba.

Cove Bay is another option. This deep water snorkeling site is home to sea whips, soft corals, and a wealth of parrotfish. It is also common to see moray eels here.

A third location to consider is Green Island. A diverse collection of marine life can be seen under the waters near this small offshore island. Angelfish and parrotfish are the most common sightings.

A fourth location where you can go snorkeling is Hole in the Corner. As you explore under the sea at this site, you'll be greeted by chubs, blue tangs, and even eagle rays. This is a deep water site, but the visibility is superb. If you want to check it out, you'll find this site located in the southeastern part of Saba.

Well's Bay Beach is a fifth location to consider. Home to the Edward S. Arnold Snorkel Trail, visitors can explore 11 different marked sites and see everything from caves and crevices to sponges, coral, volcanic rocks, and sprightly reef fish. Seeing a snake eel or octopus is not out of the question either.

You can look through the following table to learn more about 9 of the most popular places to enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Saba
Site Location Island
Gore Cut Bay 1.0 mi. East of Central Windward Side Saba
Cove Bay 1.2 mi. Northeast of Central Windward Side Saba
Green Island 2.0 mi. Northeast of Central the Bottom Green Island
Hole in the Corner 1.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central the Bottom Saba
Well's Bay Beach 1.1 mi. North of Central the Bottom Saba
Fort Bay 0.8 mi. South of Central the Bottom Saba
Great Love Bay 1.2 mi. Southeast of Central the Bottom Saba
Tent Reef 0.9 mi. South of Central the Bottom Saba
Ladder Bay 0.7 mi. Northwest of Central the Bottom Saba

To learn more about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" check out this comprehensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

A day of snorkeling on Saba may not be interspersed with hours lying in the soft sand under the sun, but the sights to be seen underwater off this coast are equally as impressive as any other island in the Caribbean and you should definitely make sure you make time to participate in this beloved sport.


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